To the outsider I appear so organized,
confident, patient, the yummy sexy mummy…… okay I just added that part on
my own……the all together modern day mom! Yet, despite all my strengths (and there are many), I do have one major
weakness – yes, yes, I know hard to believe it, but there is one area of mommy
hood that I am really bad at – actually I suck at it big time.
It is a something I have been able
to hide for many years. In fact, I would
say I have been able to keep it hidden and pushed way to the back of my “I have a secret closet” for at least ten years. Up until
recently I have been able to hide this nastiness from all but a few close friends of mine yet even now, I don’t think they are fully aware of my extreme
“mommy you suck at this big time” secret.
But as we rolled into a new year
I decided it was time the truth be told – so here it is – my secret is now exposed to
I SUCK AT TAKING PICTURES!
It isn’t so much that I suck at
actually taking the photo, in fact I
probably would be pretty good at it – if I could just remember to bring a
camera so I could take the stinkn’ pictures!!!
With eight children in tow I am
great at getting them dressed, pulling them apart from each other as they
fight, remembering wipes, diapers, bottles, sippy cups, change of clothes,
maps, my Ipod, wallet – shit I have
never even left a child behind! (un-willingly that is), yet sure enough, just
as one of my brilliant offspring are about to start singing a song, dancing a
dance, score their first goal, swimming their first lap, looking the cutest
they have ever looked or simply standing on the stage with a finger lodged up
their nose (well none of mine have actually done that….) there is me feeling
like the worse mom on the planet wishing I had remembered to bring my damn
camera! It is crazy! Up until a few years ago I was able to trick the children
because they all look so much alike. I
could show a picture of Marie or Joshua and just tell the other children that
those were pictures of them. It really
worked – until terror child Ryley kept asking why he wore so many dresses when he was born. (Okay can I help it he looks most like his oldest sister?)
I know. I suck.
After my first child Marie was born, that’s all I did – take pictures. Joshua arrived and there were many pictures
as well. Sebastian made his entry and there
were pictures – just not as many. It was
as though the more children I had, the less important it was to take pictures
or was it just harder to remember the camera on top of everything else? I am not really sure anymore. I have gotten better since the arrival of the
twins, but still I admit – I suck.
My children are good sports about
it, and try to remind me to pack the camera, but somehow I still manage to
usually forget it. I have a few good friends who are awesome picture takers and
know my secret – fortunately for me love taking pictures of my kiddies as
What about you? Have you got a mommy secret?
Until next time,